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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

(2.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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TripAdvisor
  • We were looking forward to our visit to Exploris, lovely crossing from Strangford on the ferry with very friendly staff then walked up to Exploris and that was when it all went downhill. Many of the f...  more »
  • Really enjoy it here, there was loads to do from the mini show and tells to just having a look around. Really loved it staff were lovely and very helpful. Restaurant was clean and the food was lovely  more »
  • Awesome place. We just loved the seal enclosure and we were told by the restaurant staff that the seals there were ready for release next week and the ones in the hospital will move to the enclosure. ...  more »
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  • Had birthday for our 8 year old there. Couldn't really fault it. I think it's better than it used to be for sure. Chris was brilliant, giving our whole party a really interesting hands on tour of all the touch tank stuff. The otters are a great addition to the attraction too.
  • We weren't expecting much, as it looks tiny from the outside and it is - frankly - in the ass end of nowhere. What a shock! Not only did we get to handle several sea creatures, the layout and design make it possible to get a 360 degree view of the sharks, manta rays and turtles as they swim above you in a glass underwater corridor. Very much worth every penny!
  • Recently re opened and looks great. Touch tanks went down a treat with the toddlers as did the tropical fish. Coffee shop wasn't bad. Think this would be a great part of a larger attraction like the zoo but quite small and expensive for a trip in itself.
  • Fantastic attraction. Beautifully presented, with a Nile crocodile, and the Porcupine fish stole the show! Spoke with two staff members who were more than willing to educate on their relevant expertise. Thumbs up.
  • I think the aquarium was better before the revamp. Do not see much improvement for the £2M spent. A few mouldings and renaming of areas. Have fitted new screen info displays instead of the original painted signs- most of the new displays were not working. There are less tank exhibits/displays than before. The tropical addition upstairs, other than the croc, a pet shop would be better to see 2 lizards and 2 snakes. The game area- what games, there weren't any, and the previous interactive section upstairs is gone, less to do. The kids area addition of sandcastle display - 3 sink size rock pools has been added, in place where the drawing and quiz section was before - there is actually less for kids to do. Admission price has increased. Would need to improve.